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Posted by Allegra East on Aug 23, 2016

Indy Vitals Blog Series – Income, Unemployment, and Health Insurance in Indianapolis

By Tim Bailey, Data Analysis & Visualization Intern

You may be aware that the U.S. has a disproportionately large uninsured population when compared to countries with similar developed economies. While many of these countries have long had nationalized health care services, the U.S. has a deeply ingrained privatized free market system. How to best deal with this gap is certainly a political matter up for debate, but it may be helpful to take a step back and look at health insurance coverage data spatially. The goal of these visualizations is to show what the uninsured population looks like in Indianapolis and to evoke curiosity about what this means and what can be done to change it.

The top map shows the rate of residents without health insurance. Each year shows the average from the 5-year period before (e.g. 2012 would be 2006-2011). The scatterplot shows the relation between median household income, and the rate of residents without health insurance. Color on the scatterplot represents the rate of unemployment.

All of these measures are related. Areas with low incomes and high unemployment have higher rates of people without health insurance. Notice the neighborhood areas with the highest percentage of uninsured people was lower in the 2013 report compared to the 2012 report.

Interested in digging deeper? Visit indyvitals.org to explore trends in uninsured populations, median household incomes, and unemployment rates in Indianapolis neighborhood areas for different demographic groups.

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Posted by saviadmin on Sep 30, 2014

Hunger in Central Indiana

By Timothy Gondola, SAVI Intern

Central Indiana’s 11 counties are home to 30% of the state’s 6,537,334 Hoosiers. Of this population, 290,550 (15%) are food insecure.1 The Great Recession and the subsequent sluggish recovery have led to a 30% surge in American households confronting food insecurity, an increase of twelve million people facing hunger from 2007 to 20102. Despite these staggering numbers, most Americans are unaware of the severity of this growing problem. While it may seem that Indiana’s disadvantaged are well taken care of by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (formerly food stamps) and other federal programs, the reality is that this funding, in conjunction with assistance from charitable agencies still does not meet many households’ food needs. Many families face the dilemma of choosing between food and other necessities.

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Posted by saviadmin on Jul 25, 2014

What’s Trending in the Near Westside Neighborhood

By Sharon Kandris

The City of Indianapolis, IUPUI, and Lilly Endowment recently announced a $30 million investment to improve IUPUI and the Near Westside neighborhood (See IndyStar story by Erika Smith).  Some of the major improvements will include streetscapes, new bike lanes, and sidewalks – and turning New York Street and Michigan Road into two-way streets.  But how will this impact the neighborhood and its residents?  For one thing, it aligns with some of the goals the community established in its quality of life plan.

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